“Do not despise these small beginnings,
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
This photo captures a single tiny bud in a phlox bloom. If you’ve ever seen phlox, you know that from afar, its blooms look like beautiful, full clusters, plump and lush with color. But look closely. Each blossom is comprised of dozens of individual blooms, tiny flowers all bunched tightly together to create a single explosion of color. Each flower in the cluster starts like the one in this photo – a tiny, single bud, tightly furled, waiting.
Sometimes we don’t recognize a small beginning for what it is. Sometimes, usually in fact, a small beginning doesn’t look like anything at all – it’s too small to see.
But know this: God is at work, and he is rejoicing in this small beginning, this tiny bud, the one so small you can’t even see it beginning to take shape yet.
This weekend, look closely at the small beginning God is orchestrating in your life. Get down on your knees, real close to that tightly furled bud, and snap a picture with your mind’s eye, knowing that God is rejoicing in this work, however small, however new it is.
Peace for your weekend, friends.